Stephen Bickham

August 12, 1957February 28, 2018

Stephen John Bickham, 60, of Norman died Feb. 28, 2018, at OU Medical Center-Edmond of complications from a stroke and pneumonia. Born Aug. 12, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Mr. Bickham graduated from Norman High School and earned a BA in journalism from the University of Oklahoma before becoming a newspaper reporter in southeast Oklahoma. He lived the last decade of his life in Norman. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack M. Bickham and brother Robert M. Bickham. Survivors include mother Janie R. Bickham, Edmond, brother Dan Bickham, Edmond, sister Lise DeShea, OKC and four nieces, a nephew, eight grandnieces/nephews, one great-grandnephew, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Sunny Lane Cemetery under the direction of Sunny Lane Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to


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Kendra Morgan

March 3, 2018

Kind heart
Gentle spirit
Calming voice
Safe arms, warm snuggles
Soft hands, back tickles
Friday night visits
Brown paper bags filled with treats
Icy drinks
MASH and Dallas
Soft hands, back tickles
These are the things my Uncle Stephen was made of
Sooner football... and basketball
Night at the movies
College classes with me in tow at 3 or 4
Pigeon tippy toes running up the stairs on Beaurue
Cannonball in the pool
Typewriters and track meets as a reporter, with me in tow
Safe arms, warm snuggles
Soft hands, back tickles
And most recently the treasured phone call on my birthday this past October
These are the things my Uncle Stephen was made of

Rest in peace, Uncle Stephen



Andy Rieger

March 3, 2018

Stephen and I shared many early memories together. He was one of my first friends at Catholic School. We had many adventures. Not surprising that we both became writers. I remember going to his house on Marian Drive and playing in a tree house. We later read comic books late into the night. His dad, Jack, was one of the first real newspapermen I ever knew. I remember going to Springlake Amusement Park with the family and riding the Big Dipper roller coaster right after eating something greasy. I got carsick on the way home and stephen held me while I tossed my lunch out the car window. Jack went straight to the car wash and cleaned the car. He never mentioned it until about 30 years later at a journalism school faculty party. At the food line, he said to be careful what I was eating since he recalled that I had a weak stomach. Rest in peace Stephen. I will see you on the other side.

Rebecca Webb

March 2, 2018

Our heart and prayers are with the entire extended Bickham family. So many memories of good times at our grandparent's home and with the other aunts, uncles and cousins. May God's great love enfold all of you during this time of loss. Wishing you His peace and our love.....Jeff and Becky Webb

Rebeka Simms

March 2, 2018

Rest In Peace Uncle Stephen. We love you and are glad you’re finally free from any earthly ailments. Fly high!

Mary Thomas

March 1, 2018

I have so many fond memories of spending summers with you and Grannie. I miss our late night show and movie watching. I am thankful that the Lord placed you in my life. I love you, Uncle Stephen, and look forward to seeing you again in the heavenlies.

Dara Fogel

March 1, 2018

Thank you for being a part of my childhood - the big brother I never had. It was a privilege to be both your neighbor and family friend. I shall always recall my memories of you with fondness. Much love to the Bickham family.

Lise DeShea

March 1, 2018

I'm grateful you were my brother, Stephen.